13 days in Phoenix & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

13 days in Phoenix & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

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13 days in Phoenix & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

Start: Phoenix
1
Phoenix
— 9 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
End: Phoenix

9
nights
Phoenix

Phoenix ©
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. Old Town Scottsdale and Musical Instrument Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Escape the urban bustle at Desert Botanical Garden and Horseback Riding Tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Boyce Thompson Arboretum (in Superior), Apache Junction (Goldfield Ghost Town & Lost Dutchman State Park) and Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch (in Gilbert). The adventure continues: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, admire the striking features of Taliesin West, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Phoenix online tour planner .

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Phoenix. In August, plan for daily highs up to 105°F, and evening lows to 83°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Phoenix

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Scottsdale, Apache Junction, Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch, Arizona Distilling Co, Superstition Ranch Market
Highlights from your plan
Musical Instrument Museum ©
Musical Instrument Museum
Desert Botanical Garden ©
Desert Botanical Garden
Old Town Scottsdale ©
Old Town Scottsdale

3
nights
Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park ©
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): add some entertainment to your itinerary with Hopi House, hike along South Kaibab Trail, and then take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take some stellar pictures from Grandview Point and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Rim Trail.

To see ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park online vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Phoenix to Grand Canyon National Park takes 4 hours. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Phoenix in August: high temperatures in Grand Canyon National Park hover around 80°F and lows are around 50°F. On the 15th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Hopi House ©
Hopi House
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim

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